A Front Porch moment is one we've probably all had at one time in our lives. It is that moment when you see a child or family in need, but you're not sure how to help, or whether you should even get involved.
We are not only witnesses to these situations, we read about them almost every day. For example, this excerpt is from a recent newspaper article:
A group of hunters saw a young child fastened in a child's seat in the front seat of a pick-up truck out in the woods. As the hunters passed the truck, they commented to one another about how they would never leave a child in a car like that. However, they did not take action.
Consequently, the unattended child lost his life when he crawled out of the truck and got lost in the woods.
There is a lot of power in the Front Porch moments that you decide to act upon.
In addition, hundreds of people have benefited from training received through the Front Porch Project. Here's what a few people are saying about this important community awareness project:
"It is a ray of light in the middle of violence, and the hope to reduce the percent of abused children, physical and emotional. Thank you." (translated from Spanish)
"The most valuable thing I realized is the need and ability to communicate with other people in the community around common issues, such as safety of children. People can put aside their individual differences on behalf of children."
"I feel good and inspired to be a part of something positive."
"You learn how to be a better parent, better citizen, and to help children in your community."
"I learned that intervention can mean support and connection."
"I feel more responsible and more comfortable about taking action."